Saturday, July 31, 2010

Carmel Beach

Carmel Beach
This painting is sitting on my easel....a 9" x 12" oil on canvas. I started it last weekend, and had some deadlines to meet this week, so I had to leave it alone. I used the palette knife, applying the paint very thick on the canvas. The colors in Carmel are so crystal clear. John and I were in Carmel a couple of years ago with good friends, and my reference photo was taken close to Mission Ranch in Carmel. I have many good memories from that trip, and I am wanting to return. Thanks for viewing my blog!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

American Art Collector - August Issue

Here is the latest ad for Artists of Texas in the August 2010 American Art Collector.
Thank you, Laurie Pace for designing the ad.
Check out all of the great art on the
Thanks for viewing my blog...I will be staying cool in the studio today.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Happy Trails - Mixed Media

Happy Trails
Mixed Media
12" x 12"
This mixed media piece is sold, but I was browsing through some of my work, and getting ready to work on some new pieces. I am getting ready for a new series of Mixed Media...need to map out the direction I am headed.
Yesterday I was interviewed by Jeff Mosier of the Dallas Morning News. Click on this link for his article on Taste of the NFL/Superbowl 2011. Exciting things are happening in North Texas!
Thanks for viewing this blog....Kay

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Aspens in Color

Aspens in Color
Palette Knife Painting
12" x 12" Oil Painting on Gessoed Masonite
Yesterday I was at the studio bright and early. I had several paintings going...and I finished this palette knife painting. I really layered the paint on this one...lots of texture. Lots of color. It will take months to dry, but I did sign it, and can't wait to see if framed up in a gold frame. Please contact me if you are interested in purchasing this painting, or any of my art. Thanks so much for viewing this blog!
Contact info: or 214-532-0325

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Two Cupcakes, Two Birthday Wishes

Two Cupcakes
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas
8" x 8"
I am posting this painting to celebrate two birthdays today...
my Mother, Mary Lou and nephew, Casey.
Happy Birthday to both of you!!!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Horizon Series: Triptych 1

Tryptych Commission: Sold
This was my first triptych that I painted. I was thinking about the client who has this I called her today. I need to catch up with her and see what was new. She has had some major life changes, but still has the three canvas' hanging.
This is a commission piece that I painted, and I had several guidelines. First, it had to be a horizontal piece, only 24 inches high. It could be any length because the designated wall was very large. Secondly, my color scheme was limited, but not limited. (I guess that I mean I was limited, but still had great colors to work with. Kind of like looking at the glass of water…is it half full or half empty?) My client asked that I use the following colors: Blue, just not purpley blue. Metallic silver, and dash of orange would be fun. No bright blues. No yellow. No sage green. No pink. Taupe, silver, neutrals, black, turquoise, dash of purple, little bit of red, browns, whites, beiges would all be good to use.

So, with those guidelines, I set out to paint this triptych. I used my favorite medium, oil paints. I did experiment with some new oil pastels. You can see the pastels if you look closely because it almost looks like a crayon on top of the paint. I used the palette knife to give the paint texture, along with some wide brush strokes. Several persons who have viewed this see a battleship in the painting. There is a horizon in the painting, and a battleship if your eye sees the focal point as a battleship. I painted an explosion of color, with lines, and shapes. I certainly didn't want this painting to be dull or boring, but exciting and uplifting. The overall size would be 24 by 40 if there would be two inches between the canvas panels. So, I think that I accomplished what I wanted to do on this piece, and following the guidelines of size and color. I hope you enjoy viewing my artwork. To view more art:
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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

On the easel...palette knife painting

This is what is sitting on my easel...I was applying the paint with the palette knife and really got carried is very wet and looks like frosting on a cake. The oils need to set-up for a few days before I continue. This is on a 12" x 12" gessoed masonite. It is a good start on aspen trees...I won't be able to work on it for several days. Thanks for viewing this blog..have a great day and stay cool!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Cardinal Nest

Cardinal Nest
Oil on 11" x 14" Canvas
Another Nest Series Painting....Very wet, should be ready to frame soon. I finished the Cardinal Nest yesterday. The little tiny eggs are down deep in the nest that was in a bush in our backyard. We are watching the mama and papa Cardinal, and we think that they might be making another nest in another bush. These eggs are not whole...they were broken open and empty when we found them...I had to turn them over and position them so the broken side did not show. Thanks for viewing my blog...have an artful day!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

On my Studio Art and Soul

Today, at the studio I was working on a still life. It took me a long time to set it up...I had not been in the studio since Tuesday, and I needed to get all the props out for the still life. (table, lights, box, fabric, the nest and eggs) Here is a pic of the canvas, on my easel. I got a good start, covering the canvas with plenty of paint.

Here is the set-up...a bird to my easel. I had a good time painting this afternoon. Karen and Carol were also at Studio Art and Soul.

Here is the nest. Actually, John Wyne watched two cardinals build this nest last week in our backyard. They were busy, and after a couple of days John noticed an egg. Then the next day, two eggs. After four days there were five small creamy turqoise eggs with brown speckles. Then to our surpise, all of the sudden there were empty eggs. We recovered the egg shells...evidently a squirrel, snake or cat got the eggs in the nest. We were shocked, and looked for the mama and papa, but never saw them. So, after about 5 days, I took the nest out of the bush. I love painting, here we go on a still life. I hope to return to the studio this weekend and finish this painting, putting some details on the eggs, darken the shadows, and add more twigs on the nest.
Thanks so much for visiting my blog...I hope that you have a fun and safe weekend!